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Stella ViewBy William J. Cromie
Harvard News Office

Light from two worlds far from our solar system has been detected for the first time. The planets that emit it are too hot to be inhabited, at least by intelligent beings, but an Earthly satellite has gotten the best views yet of planets orbiting other stars like the sun.

"It's an awesome experience to realize we are seeing the direct glow of distant worlds," says David Charbonneau of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. "When I first saw the data, I was ecstatic."

The "data" is not light blinking coded messages into space; rather it consists of infrared radiation that you would need special goggles to see. Still, it's a historic moment for astronomy. "Such light tells us things about faraway planets that we could never learn before, such as their temperatures and what gases are in their atmospheres."
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